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Maine Coon

Maine Coon

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Description

The Maine Coon is the largest breed of domestic cat, with males weighing 15 to 25 pounds and females weighing 10 to 15. The Maine Coon is sweet and typically friendly. One of the most readily identifiable features of the breed is its ears which are large and wide with long tufts coming out of them. The body is muscular and solid with a broad chest, which is necessary to support its girth. Maine Coons possess a rectangular body shape and are slow to physically mature; their full potential size is normally not reached until they are three to five years old, while other cats to only about one year. This breed is a ling haired, or medium haired cat. The coat is soft, silky and water-repellent, though the texture may vary with the color. The length is shorter on the head and shoulders and longer on the stomach and flanks with some cats having a lion-like ruff around the neck that resembles a mane. Maine Coons can come in any color that other breeds can which suggest hybridization. All eye colorization is accepted by breed standardization with the exceptions of blue and odd eyes (two eyes of different color), in cats possessing coat colors other than white.

Origin

The ancestral origins of the Maine Coon are unknown, but these cats have inhabited America for centuries, going as far back as the early colonial period. There have been many myth and tales as to the genesis of the breed, from the impossible of it being a cross breed of a cat and a raccoon to Marie Antoinette’s Turkish Angoras, being the foundation for the Maine Coon, having set them on her escape ship (which she was unable to make) leaving from France to the United States. The real truth is probably closer to the latter. Ship captains often traveled aboard their vessels with cats in an attempt to control the population of mice, which rampant due to food stores. On their arrival the may have made their home on the northeast coast of Maine. With the climate being what it was only the most durable of felines would have been able to survive, passing on genes that would have been conducive to survival in those conditions.  The Maine Coon is one of the first breeds to be officially recognized in the early nineteenth century. In 1860s, Maine farmers told stories about their cats and held the “Maine State Champion Coon Cat” contest at the local Skowhegan Fair. The Maine Coon experienced a drop in popularity in the early twentieth century due to the introduction of other long haired breed, such as the Persian, but has since made resurgence and are one of the most popular breeds today with championship status in all associations.

Compatibility

Often referred to as the gentle giant, the Maine Coon is one of those cats that gets along with everyone, even other and dogs. They are a sociable breed who loves their family, but isn’t demanding of their attention. Although the Maine Coon is often wary of strangers initially, it will grow accustom to them if given time. It’s docile, obedient and attracted to water and may just help you with the dishes of watering the lawn. Maine Coon’s have been known for being taught to walk on a leash, playing fetch. They have not lost their ability for pest control either, so if you live on a farm or ranch, their ability a excellent mousers will come in handy. But even if rodent are not a concern of yours, a Maine Coon would be just as happy honing its skills preying on a chase toy such as squeaky mouse, ball or wad of crumpled.  Maine coons’ vocalization range from meows to purrs to chirping noises, making them very expressive both verbally as well as with their body language.  The Breed’s lush luxurious coat, due to its silky texture is not prone to matting the way other thick coated breeds are, but it still needs regular grooming, with a steel brush or comb once to twice a week. Take care of the ears, claws and teeth when needed and your Maine Coon will be happy and keep you happy and entertained with its silliness playful behavior.

Health

The Maine Coon life span ranges from 10 t0 13 years of age. They are generally a healthy and hardy breed who has adapted to survive the harsh New England climate. The most severe threat is feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (common heart disease seen in cats). Another potential health concern is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), another genetically inherited disease which caused muscle atrophy and muscle weakness.

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